A window to this artist is not just a transparent barrier between him and the weather. It’s a place for colours and picture tiles and wooden shutters and an iron grill. The plaque says: “In this house the painter Willy Mucha lived and worked from 1940 to 1995. Friends of Willy Mucha.” See how he has inlaid some tiles in the wall around the window frame?
I found a small image of one of his paintings and pasted it below. It’s Collioure in its sunniest colours.
Six years ago I was in Collioure on the south-east coast of France, wandering around the outer walls of the Château Royal. An artist had attached his paintings to the wall and I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Alas, I didn’t buy one because my friend, another local artist, didn’t think they were the best. But I loved this photo and have had it stuck on my wall at home all these years. I plan to return to the region this year and perhaps this time I’ll pick up a small painting to stick to my wall. If you like the colours, take a look at the blog header above where you’ll see the painter’s inspiration: between blue sky and sea, under terracotta roofs and above ancient cobbled streets, the yellow and pink walled houses fill souls with sunshine and Matissey urges.
Check out Ailsa’s beautiful wall photography here: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/01/25/travel-theme-walls/